Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libre

Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libre
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Based on 7 reviews
2011 Ratings: #18 / 977
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Based on 88 ratings
2011 Ratings: #40
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"Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres", an album that went unnoticed by the target audience, when it was a major success, one of the best albums ever released, one of the best albums of the decade.

"Gens de couleur libres" translate to "Free People of Color", an appropriate title to the exquisite young, up-and-coming jazz musician Matana Roberts's beginning chapter to her 12 part epic "Coin Coin" album series. "Coin Coin" is an ... read more
Raw and empowered, yet dark and tortured, Matana Roberts' first album in the COIN COIN series is a daring exploration of the history of slavery in the States. The feverish screams and pained (but later triumphant) monologue creates the feeling that though this album and thus its subject matter is difficult, grim, and sometimes upsetting ("Libation For Mr. Brown" is a textbook example of this), it's all the more important of an album listen for this same reason.
#99 Of Jamal's Top 100 Albums

Im open to different kinds of jazz especially the ones where they are completely going off the rail and totally refuse to follow the jazz blueprint of the 50s and 60s

Coin Coin Chapter 1 is another interesting jazz album completely going off the rail with some of the elements on this album
an absolute powerhouse of an album
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Track List

  1. Rise 
  2. Pov Piti 
  3. Song For Eulalie 
  4. Kersaia 
  5. Libation For Mr. Brown: Bid Em In... 
  6. Lulla / Bye 
  7. I Am 
  8. How Much Would You Cost?
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Added on: December 12, 2011